An international radio ministry is celebrating three years of broadcasting the gospel in parts of the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe.
Global radio ministry The Tide began broadcasting Christian radio programs to listeners in Albania and neighboring Kosovo in 2015, working with local pastors and Radio 7.
Don Shenk, director of the Tide, says the broadcasts are making inroads with potential and new believers in this predominantly Muslim nation. But, he adds, there has been resistance.
"One of our radio pastors has received threats from what appears to be a Muslim source. So there's some resistance," he says. "But there's a lot of opening and we're hearing from listeners who are really appreciating the hope that they're hearing about in the gospel."
A former satellite country of the Soviet Union, Albania has an estimated population of three million of which approximately 57 percent are Muslim.
Shenk tells OneNewsNow that God unexpectedly opened the door to the country when The Tide did not plan on attempting a presence there.
"We had kind of a vision of which countries we wanted to get into, where we thought there was a need. Albania wasn't on our list," he recalls. "But through the incidental contacts, God provided that. We're there now."